The Chatfield Gophers softball team, seeded #1, lost to Wabasha-Kellogg, #4 seed, Wednesday, 13-7, and faced Houston Friday night in a 'must-win' game. If the Gophers beat the 'Canes, they would face the loser of the Lewiston-Altura/Wabasha-Kellogg game, in another elimination game.

If Chatfield were to come through the elimination bracket, they would play again on Tuesday, March 28, against the 1A West runner-up, in yet another elimination game. A Section 1Achampion will be crowned on Thursday, March 30. All of the games involving the 1A West Sub-section will be played at Todd Park, Austin.

In the loss to the Falcons(WK), both McKenzie Miller and Maddy Larrabee went 3/4 at the plate. Miller also scored two runs and Larrabee contributed a run and a rbi. Kirsten Keefe went 2/4 and scored two runs. Getting one hit each were Shelby Bernard(walk), Brook Irish(rbi, walk), Candace Gould(rbi) and Megan LaPlante. Kaitlynn Griffin was used as a courtesy runner for Bernard and scored two runs.

Brook Irish(3 1/3) and Jennifer Hanson(3 2/3) did the pitching for Chatfield. The duo gave up 10 hits, nine walks, hit one batter and struck out six.

In the first round of the tournament, Chatfield downed Mabel-Canton, 10-0. No stats were available for that game.

Tournament notes...

-Lewiston-Altura(#7 seed) upset Fillmore Central/Lanesboro(#2 seed) in the first round of the tournament. The Cardinals then knocked off the #3 seed, Houston, 10-6, on Wednesday. In the LA win over Houston, Lewiston-Altura scored all 10 runs in one inning, on just one hit. Three different pitchers were used in that one inning, with the starting pitcher coming back into the game, after the other two had finished their 'turn'. Sounds like a few(!) walks and hit-batters were involved.

-Three of the four AA games were postponed on Wednesday and were played on Thursday. St. Charles is hosting the tournament after the semi's, until it moves over to Todd Park, Austin.

-LA is hosting the championship game and 'elimination' games, until, it too, moves over to Austin.